New volcanic islet unites with already existing Japan island

3 months ago by in National

A volcanic islet created by volcanic eruption off Japan’s Pacific coast has attached itself to another island located nearby, according to the Japanese coastguard.

The new island had merged at two points with Nishino-shima, an uninhabited volcanic island in the Ogasawara (Bonin) chain, some 1,000 kilometres south of Tokyo.

Two craters on the islet have been erupting “at an interval of 30 seconds to one minute”, spewing brown smoke about 100 metres high, a coastguard statement said, according to the international press.

The volcanic island was observed on November 20 and is now sized about 450 metres from east to west and 500 metres from north to south, with ground space measuring about 0.15 square kilometers.

“The amount of volcanic smoke has apparently grown with a continuous flow of lava,” Tokyo Institute of Technology geology professor Kenji Nogami said.

“The supply of magma from the deep subsurface is presumably increasing.”

A new island was born also in Pakistan, in September, after a huge earthquake hit the country’s southwest. The new island consists of a mound of mud and rock 20 meters high and 90 meters wide.

Editorial content written and produced by The Tokyo Times staff.

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